Residents can enjoy the Greenwich Tree Lighting Ceremony from the comfort of their home


The annual tree-lighting ceremony in Greenwich will be a little different this year, but the town hall lights will still shine during the holidays.

Last year, the town greeted the holidays with a ceremony that included Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus, Frosty the Snowman and a Mechanical Rudolph. But with the COVID-19 pandemic, the holiday event will be different and more virtual for 2021.

Instead, there will be a live broadcast of the Christmas tree lighting starting at 4:45 p.m. on Friday, December 3. Fred Camillo, in one of his first official acts of his second term as first manager, will lead the countdown and then press the button to light up the tree.


Residents can enjoy tree lighting from the comfort of their homes, Camillo said. And for the kids watching the live broadcast, he said there might be some help from Santa and his friends.

To view the live stream, visit www.greenwichct.gov. A special holiday page will go live next week on the city’s website, which will also include information on a holiday food drive and photo contest.

On December 4th, there will be an outdoor celebration and tree lighting at 21 Mead Ave. at Byram.

The event, hosted by Friends of the Byram Shubert Library, will begin at 3 p.m. and feature live music from the Gunsmoke band and students from New Lebanon and Hamilton Avenue schools. The rainy date is December 11.

Cos Cob

Cos Cob Inc.’s Fire Patrol gets into the holiday spirit as it prepares for Operation Santa Claus, which brings a special touch to gifts in town.

During fundraising, the patrol organizes a special delivery of gifts by fire truck. Residents make reservations for the service, delighting children with this one-time deposit of wrapped holiday gifts.

With the help of unlikely allies, Santa Claus and the Grinch, the patrol members will make deliveries on December 11, 12, 18, and 19, with some limited special deliveries on December 25.

COVID security protocols will be in place, but photos will be allowed.

Opportunities are limited and residents must register at www.ccfpp.or g.

“Operation Santa Claus is another example of the support that the Cos Cob Fire Patrol provides to our community,” said head coach Fred Camillo, who is an associate member of the patrol. “It also gives the community the opportunity to celebrate the season in the comfort of a holiday tradition, with a twist.”

The Fire Police Patrol Inc. is a fully voluntary agency in Greenwich that has been in existence since 1927. It provides a wide range of services including firefighting and emergency traffic and site control. The patrol is specially trained in rescue operations after a fire or an emergency.

The patrol responded to more than 1,000 emergency calls last year. Operation Santa, which returns after going missing last year due to COVID, serves as a fundraiser for the patrol.

Old Greenwich

It’s officially grapefruit season in town, thanks to the Greenwich Lions.

The club annually sells boxes of Texas Ruby Red Grapefruit as a fundraiser for its work in the community.

Grapefruits, which cost $ 33 per box with about 20 grapefruits per box, can be purchased at multiple locations, with members selling them directly from their cars. Locations include Greenwich Point, the intersection of Sound Beach Avenue and Arcadia Road, and the Perrot Memorial Library and Cos Cob Fire Station.

There are no regular hours for sales, but supporters should look for the volunteers in their distinctive yellow vests. They will usually be out around noon.

Supplies are limited, so customers need to act quickly, said Susan Ferris of the Lions Club.

“It’s a very delicious batch this year and people will be very happy with them,” Ferris said.

Proceeds from the sale support college scholarships to local youth as well as local nonprofits including Neighbor to Neighbor, Meals On Wheels, Abilis Inc. and River House Adult Day Center.

The funds also go to programs to help children and the elderly in the area access eye care and glasses, including the revitalization work of the Lions’ Low Vision Center at Greenwich Hospital.

Residents can also make direct contributions to the Greenwich Lions, which also support scholarships for the summer camps for visually impaired youth and eye screens at all elementary schools in the city. To donate, send a check to the Greenwich Lions Foundation, PO Box 130, Old Greenwich, CT 06870.

Riverside

The Greenwich Police Department recently celebrated its 125th anniversary with the return of a law enforcement tradition: the Policeman’s Ball.

The roots of the police service go back to the late 19th century, when guards patrolled Greenwich Avenue at night to make sure the doors were locked.

The October 16 celebration at the Riverside Yacht Club brought together more than 150 guests, including the Greenwich Board of Directors as well as elected federal and state officials, who took part in a tribute to “the past, present and future of brave men and women. women in Greenwich Law Enforcement.

First Selectman Fred Camillo, who is also the city’s police commissioner, congratulated the GPD members.

“As a community, we are fortunate to have such a talented and diverse police force with 153 sworn officers and 33 special constables dedicated to protecting and serving,” Camillo said.

State Senator Ryan Fazio and State Representatives Kimberly Fiorello and Harry Arora presented a special state proclamation marking the birthday to Police Chief James Heavey.

“The history of the Greenwich Police Department is filled with significant events and challenges and this past year has been no exception,” said Heavey, who served as emcee. “Our success in maintaining a safe and orderly city would never have been possible without our community behind us. “

The celebration included a live auction of items, including a ride in the police boat and the chance to be a chef for a day. Profits will be donated to the Greenwich Police Department Scholarship Fund, a non-profit organization that awards college scholarships to children of police officers.

“These scholarships are a powerful way for us to show our gratitude to the families of our members who share their husbands, wives, mothers, fathers, sons and daughters with us so that they can keep our city safe,” Heavey said. . “A testament to this effort is that several current GPD members benefited from the Greenwich Police Department Scholarship Fund while their parents were active members of the department. “

To donate to the fund, visit http://bit.ly/GPDSFdonate.

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